Calculating the Prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks

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The key to understanding the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks is to properly calculate the end-point of the 69th week.  We should first notice that the prophetic data is given in integers (whole numbers).  Although the 7 years/week x 69 weeks x 360 days/year divided by 365.24219 days/solar year equals 476.0676744 solar years (173,880 days), the number of days in the integer result (476 years) is only 173,855 (476 years x 365.24219 days/year). One must bear in mind that although the prophecy is calculated in days for the purpose of determining the end-date of the first sixty-nine weeks, it was given in integer units; thus the solution to the endpoint of the sixty-ninth week is the number of days in the integer number of solar years for the 69 weeks. When calculated this way the result is precisely the number of days between Nisan 1, 444 B.C. (the presumed start-date of the prophecy) and Nisan 9, A.D. 33, the date of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and his rejection by the leaders of Israel five days before his crucifixion. The simplest method of calculating the end-date of the sixty-ninth week is to determine the Julian Day Number (JND) of the starting point (Nisan 1, 444 B.C. is JND 1,559,344) add 173,855 days, which gives the JND of the terminal date (1,559,344 + 173,855 = JND 1,733,199), which was Nisan 9 (March 29), A.D. 33 (a Sunday), the date of the Triumphal Entry. When done this way the calculation is simple, precise, and requires no adjustments of any kind, only a recognition that the data was given in whole numbers and the solution lies in advancing from the start-date exactly 476 solar years.

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